Tell me if my logic is right re: string tension

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This will probably seem very basic to a lot of you, but I've never focused a ton on strings so I wanted to check. I typically string my racket at 54 with multis (Wilson NXT power 16), but I've noticed lately that I get more pop and feel better about my strokes toward the end of the string cycle (let's say with Babolat string savers a typical racket will last for a month or so). Does this mean that I can re-create that effect by getting it strung lower in the first place? How low is too low? I've been doing 54 forever, but now wondering if I'll get that nice looser, higher-power feeling with lower tension. Thanks for any help.
 
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Short answer is Yes if you intend to use the same string. Spend a few bucks to get Racquet Tune and measure the tension of the string when it is new. Measure the tension as it drops. There is probably a range of tensions you like. This will narrow down the range of what you like. If I had to guess, do your next string job 2-4# lower. If using a LO, 2#; if using a CP, 4#.

If you can obtain the DT of your stringbed, that would tell you what you like with a range of similar strings and not the same string.
 

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This will probably seem very basic to a lot of you, but I've never focused a ton on strings so I wanted to check. I typically string my racket at 54 with multis (Wilson NXT power 16), but I've noticed lately that I get more pop and feel better about my strokes toward the end of the string cycle (let's say with Babolat string savers a typical racket will last for a month or so). Does this mean that I can re-create that effect by getting it strung lower in the first place? How low is too low? I've been doing 54 forever, but now wondering if I'll get that nice looser, higher-power feeling with lower tension. Thanks for any help.
I've been messing around with pre-stretching my multi or gut and stringing lower reference tension so I can get that great feel after about 30min of hitting. Typically I would need like 2hrs of hitting for the strings to settle into the tension I like.
 
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This will probably seem very basic to a lot of you, but I've never focused a ton on strings so I wanted to check. I typically string my racket at 54 with multis (Wilson NXT power 16), but I've noticed lately that I get more pop and feel better about my strokes toward the end of the string cycle (let's say with Babolat string savers a typical racket will last for a month or so). Does this mean that I can re-create that effect by getting it strung lower in the first place? How low is too low? I've been doing 54 forever, but now wondering if I'll get that nice looser, higher-power feeling with lower tension. Thanks for any help.
I know that I prefer the feel of 17 ga. syn. gut in my own frames compared with a 16 ga. alternative. If you haven't sampled a thinner gauge of your string, you may want to see what that does for you. It will likely give you shorter service life than the heavier gauge, but it could be more "right" for you without having to wear on it for a while and break it in like with the 16 ga.

Because syn. gut is so affordable, I'm always recommending it to our pals here. Consider a try with a 17 ga. syn. gut if you want a little perspective. You mentioned that you get more pop and feel as your NXT gets older - that's what I feel like I get with my syn. gut pretty much all the time.

A moderately soft string bed is something I like for myself, but I do NOT like when it feels as though my strings are turning to mush. That's when the feedback becomes more diminished and I can't tell the difference between good vs. not-so-good hits. My general control seems to drop a good bit, too.

I know that multifiber works really well for a good chunk of the tennis world and I keep a reel of 16 ga. on hand for anybody who specifically wants that string type - I string at home. I prefer synthetic gut over multifiber though, because the multi seems to steadily degrade as I use it. Syn. gut is moderately soft for me at the right tension and it generally sustains some backbone and a crisp feel that I want right up until it snaps or I decide to swap in a fresh set.

So if your string needs to degrade, break in, etc. as I mentioned above to get feeling more right for you, it makes sense to try either pre-stretching or a lower tension. What you might find is that if the string continually softens as you rack up some hours on it, it might become too flimsy before it physically starts to fray and wear out. Maybe not - I don't have any experience with experiments in pre-stretching, but it sounds like it's a big help for some of our pals here who do it. Maybe a syn. gut can give you more of that pop and feel when it's hot off the stringer.
 

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Lower tension = more pop = more power. That’s the theory anyway.
In theory yes and no. Lower tension do produce more power, but you have to drop a significant amount to really increase power; around 10lbs. The 'power' difference between 50lbs & 51lbs will be minimal. What happens is that lower tension aids depth of shot rather than power; and people perceive the extra depth is the increase in power.
 
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I know that I prefer the feel of 17 ga. syn. gut in my own frames compared with a 16 ga. alternative. If you haven't sampled a thinner gauge of your string, you may want to see what that does for you. It will likely give you shorter service life than the heavier gauge, but it could be more "right" for you without having to wear on it for a while and break it in like with the 16 ga.

Because syn. gut is so affordable, I'm always recommending it to our pals here. Consider a try with a 17 ga. syn. gut if you want a little perspective...
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My favourite string to date is Head Velocity. I bought a reel of 16G (1.30mm) Kirschbaum Synthetic Gut on your recommendation to try out and to re-string some older racquets. It plays pretty well compared to Head Velocity but I prefer the latter for how it comes off the string bed (feel ?), placement and more predictable deep shots (more spin ?). Have you tried yet. I like to try 17G Kirschbaum (for perspective) but do not think it comes in lengths for a single racquet. Would 17G PSGD give me a good idea/perspective of the advantage of 17G compared to 16G. Are the differences between 17G Kirschbaum and 17G PSGD smaller than those between different gauges of Kirschbaum SG ?
 
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My favourite string to date is Head Velocity. I bought a reel of 16G (1.30mm) Kirschbaum Synthetic Gut on your recommendation to try out and to re-string some older racquets. It plays pretty well compared to Head Velocity but I prefer the latter for how it comes off the string bed (feel ?), placement and more predictable deep shots (more spin ?). Have you tried yet. I like to try 17G Kirschbaum (for perspective) but do not think it comes in lengths for a single racquet. Would 17G PSGD give me a good idea/perspective of the advantage of 17G compared to 16G. Are the differences between 17G Kirschbaum and 17G PSGD smaller than those between different gauges of Kirschbaum SG ?
I don't know exactly how they would compare - I haven't tried Head Velocity. Expect PSGD to be a bit more firm than Kirschbaum SG of the same gauge. That extra firmness makes me not so much of a fan of 16 ga. PSGD, but I've done okay with the 17 ga. version in my own frames. The lighter gauge seemed to give me enough of the feel that I like - not as clunky for me compared with the 16 ga.

You might want to try a set of 17 ga. PSGD against a set of Prince Original SG 17 or better yet, compare sets of Prince Original 16 and 17.
 
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